Arc Search the new iPhone search engine

The Browser Company launched Arc's first iPhone companion app last year, allowing users to save links for consumption in the desktop app later. The startup has launched a new mobile app, called Arc Search, that aims to focus on the search experience.

The app's AI-powered marquee feature, “Browse for me”, returns a well-constructed web page with information about the search query. The feature, powered by models from OpenAI and others, reads at least six web pages and builds a new page with different sections.

What is Arc Search?

Arc Search is a “super search engine”, when you perform a search with Arc Search and click on the “Browse for me” button, what this application does, is to use AI to create a web page with the most relevant results related to the query you have made.

You can search for anything, how to cook a dish, a character… For example, if you search about how to cook a “Madrid stew”, Arc Search makes a page for you with different sections such as “Ingredients”, “Utensils needed”, «Cooking process», and additional tips. The page also has plenty of helpful photos and videos to guide you through the process.

If you ask him about a public figure, he will tell you his biography or his filmography, using media such as Wikipedia, Filmaffinity, or Sensacine.

These pages are great for getting information at a glance, and you can also use the “Dive Deeper” section to explore the additional links listed for the topic. However, at the moment you cannot share these pages with anyone unless you take a screenshot.

What is the official Apple browser?

Arc Search the new iPhone search engine

If users don't want to use the AI-powered feature, they can simply tap the query to use Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGowhatever you have set as default on your mobile device, in case of iPhone, Safari browser comes as default.

There is also a reader mode for all web pages for easy reading and you can also bookmark the web page. But there is no folder system to store these bookmarks.

The Arc Search browser also archives tabs after a day, although this is customizable, to prevent you from becoming overloaded with different tabs. You can view your open tabs via the tab switcher in the bottom bar, or you can swipe and hold from the left edge of the screen.

Additionally, Arc Search automatically blocks GDPR and newsletter pop-ups, ads, and trackers. Unlike the first companion browser, you can set it as the default on the Apple iPhone, a marvel.

Arc Search Features

Arc Search the new iPhone search engine

The Browser Company CEO Josh Miller said in a thread on X (formerly Twitter) that the startup wanted to make the fastest way to search for things, since that's what most people do with phone browsers. So it started with a search bar in the middle. And it opens with a keyboard so you can start typing the query immediately.

With its new page-building search feature, the new Arc Search browser wants to make you feel like you're interacting with an AI agent that will do the heavy lifting of searching for things, summarizing the content, and presenting it correctly.

We've seen this kind of approach with Google's Search Generative Experience (SGE) or Perplexing AI. On the other hand, Browsers have mainly introduced AI-powered features to summarize pages or to help you write posts. Arc Search is trying to merge these two feature surfaces.

When will Arc Search be available?

For now, Arc will keep your mobile companion alive to save linksbut plans to merge both browser clients at a later stage, with no specific date.

Additionally, the company said it plans to launch cross-browser syncing. Josh Miller said in his thread that as the company begins to accelerate its rollout of the Windows client, it can't rely on iCloud alone. That's why the team is building Arc's own sync experience, launching soon.

Arc started with a waitlist system for Mac and made it free last year for anyone to download. Its Windows client, which is in beta version, still has a waiting list system for users to sign up. With this new Arc Search client, the company wanted to have a low-barrier entry point for users where they didn't have to create an account and start browsing right away.